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Location: Main Site
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2020/10/01
Duration: 12 months
Intl fees: £17000
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This one year Forensic Linguistic masters course is designed to help linguistics students take their studies to the next level and enter the exciting discipline of forensic linguistics. Alongside advanced language description modules, you will learn about legal and forensic contexts, and how linguists critically engage with the language of law and provide linguistic evidence in a variety of legal contexts.What You'll learnThe Forensic Linguistics MA course aims to improve your linguistic skills and understanding so that you can apply them to forensic texts and in forensic legal contexts.You will learn from some of the world's leading academics in the field of forensic linguistics, based at our research institute - the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics.There is a strong ethos throughout this programme of forensic linguistics as an application of linguistics. You will study and improve your knowledge and abilities in the linguistic analysis of spoken and written language, in contexts such as police interviews and courtroom interactions and you will learn how linguists apply their methods to aid investigations and provide evidence in court.The course has strong links with the police so you will get unique access to real-world data for your teaching and research work.Our course is applied in nature, giving you a chance to gain valuable hands-on experiences involving real forensic and legal data includes practical project work as well as academic essay assessments. Successfully completing the taught parts of the course will enable you to progress onto completing a 15,000 word research dissertation as the final part of the course. Dissertation projects allow students to research an area in depth and, is excellent grounding for a PhD or for employment beyond the programme.
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A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2.1) in English or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references. Mathematics - C/4 or above at GCSE (or equivalent). Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
IELTS: 6.5 (IELTS 6.5 w/R+S+W+L 6)
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About this university
Students travel from some 130 countries around the world to study at the university. This means there is plenty of help and assistance on hand for those travelling from outside the UK. There is free advice and assistance with a range of immigration and visas issues as well as help for those with changing circumstances and those wishing to bring their family with them. There are also preparatory programs in place covering English language to assist those for whom it isnâ€™t a first language. There is also assistance on hand with student accommodation and other matters relating to integrating with their new community as well as meeting up with others from their own cultural background. Aston Studentsâ€™ Union is the representative of the students while they are attending the university. They provide a range of clubs and societies as well as Welfare Services and are partially funded by a number of commercial services. The Union Building covers some five floors and is at the heart of the main campus. These include a Union Shop offering snacks, stationary and other essentials as well as the B4 BAR, a great place for a drink as well as hosting numerous events during the year. There is also The Loft, a social study space on the 2nd floor of the building with an IT suite with Presentations. Clubs and societies come under the sub-heading of the Student Activities office, a small team who organise the 34 sports clubs and over 100 societies that students can get involved with during their time at Aston. There is also an Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) available to help students on a wide range of subject from academic matters to housing issues and even health and wellbeing topics.